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Boost aims to accelerate the slates of active producers and enable successful screen businesses to build a feature film slate and move quickly into production.


The New Zealand Film Commission will run two rounds of Boost in the current financial year (to 30 June 2018). Applications for the first round are now closed, with decisions to be announced by mid-December. The second round will be in May 2018, with applications open from April 2018.

Growing sustainable screen businesses, already articulated by the Government and the Film Commission as a priority, is a key aim of the scheme. We want to help businesses grow by producing films that are culturally significant, amazing, original and exciting. If you have plans that could benefit from a funding boost, then we may be able to help.

Successful applicants will either be:

  • an established producer (at least one ‘produced by’ credit on a feature film that has been released theatrically by a distributor) with strong screen production credits AND a slate of up to three reasonably developed feature projects which you hope to accelerate into production; OR
  • an established successful screen business (active for more than five years and with demonstrable production experience in television, commercials, new media, online or gaming) which wants to establish a slate of up to three feature projects as part of a plan to enter feature film production.

The maximum level of support available is generally up to $100,000 per application and subject to availability of funds. A minimum of 50% of the funding must be spent on third party development costs. Expenditure is expected to take place over the next 12 to 18 months.

We encourage recipients of devolved funding schemes like Boost, to consider ethnicity and gender diversity, and reflect the society of Aotearoa New Zealand. We encourage applicants to have women in key creative roles on at least half their projects, and promote the authentic representation of Māori characters, stories, places, history and culture in New Zealand films (in front of and behind the camera). Progress towards our diversity goals will be tracked and reported on an annual basis.

You cannot apply for Boost funding if you are currently receiving Boost funding, if your company is currently receiving Business Development Scheme funding from the Film Commission, or if you are using He Ara Funding and have not yet fulfilled your contractual obligations. 

Applicants must include a detailed plan outlining how the funds will enable the growth of their business, proposed key performance indicators (KPI’s) across the period, and intended outcomes by the end of expenditure.

Applications are due at 9 AM on Monday 20 November 2017. No late applications will be accepted.

To apply, please ensure you have read the Boost Funding – Guidelines for Applicants document in full and fill out the application form and return to us (see download links below).

Applications will be assessed by a panel comprising two external assessors and the Chief Executive. 

For more information and to submit your application, please contact the Devolved Development Co-ordinator Adrianne Roberts [email protected] or (04) 382 7681.